Floods Resulted in $100 Million Loss to South Carolina's Forest Products Industry

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has raised its estimate of economic impact loss to the state’s forest products industry from last year’s historic flooding to $100 million.

The agency derived its initial impact assessment of $65 million in October 2015 from forest planting and inventory data, aerial surveillance, mill reports and consultations with foresters, loggers and landowners.

Clark Seely Assumes Presidency of the Society of American Foresters

Clark W. Seely, CF, formerly an executive of the Oregon Department of Forestry, began his term as the 2016 president of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) by calling for increased partnerships with other natural resources professionals.

The tallest chestnut tree in the Americas is in Maine

The tallest American chestnut tree in North America is soaring 115 feet into the sky in western Maine.

More than a century ago, it wasn’t quite so much of a production to find an American chestnut tree. There were billions of them from Maine to Georgia, but in 1904, a fungus was accidentally imported from Asia and spread, killing chestnut trees up and down the East Coast.

This Year's Capitol Christmas Tree Hails from Alaska

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was felled Tuesday afternoon on the outskirts of this Southcentral Alaska harbor community, the first step of a 6,000-mile journey that will eventually take it to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

Number of campers in state forests increasing

Wisconsin's state forests are seeing an increase in the number of campers, thanks in part to a new campsite reservation system, state officials said.

Six state forests saw a roughly 5 percent increase in campers from the past three-year average.

Department of Natural Resources state forest specialist Teague Prichard said the increase is due in part to the number of people reserving camp sites.

"They want predictability on when and where they can stay so we’ve added the reservation system to a couple of state forest campgrounds," he said.

Forest Certification Resolution

Attached is the Forest Certification Resolution (along with policy statement) that was approved at the 2013 NASF Annual Meeting.

2015 NASF Annual Report

The 2015 NASF Annual report highlights the theme Adapting to Change, which is as relevant in the natural world as it is in the worlds of agencies and associations. Like forests, the policy, communications and partnership environments in which NASF operates are dynamic ecosystems. Issues and the people behind them are constantly changing.

New urban fruit orchard to benefit underserved Canadians

Two new community orchards in Canada will provide health benefits to formerly homeless tenants, help the environment, beautify the northeast neighbourhood and build community, according to the people behind the project.

“The folks that are receiving these donations of trees are folks that might otherwise not have access to fresh fruit,” said Stephanie Jackman.

She’s the founder and president of a Canadian business association called REAP, which stands for Respect for the Earth and All People.